MissionForce: Cyberstorm

This is the original, out-of-the-box version of Cyberstorm.

The installer for the game works without issue, except for the tests designed to determine if your system meets the requirements. These can be safely skipped, along with any warnings that come with them.

The problem most people have encountered that prevents them from starting the game is the "unable to create a surface" error during startup. This is an error that occurs both in Wine and native windows, and is a result of the game being unable to run in a 16/24 bit display environment. Configuring your display to run with 8-bit color depth (256 colors) should allow the game to start normally.

Application Details:

Version: 1.00A
License: Retail
Votes: 4
Latest Rating: Garbage
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.7.55

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Test Results

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What works

Installer, if you skip the system test.

What does not

The game itself will not start. It is unable to create some surface that it needs.


What was not tested

The game was not tested, since it won't start.

Hardware tested


  • GPU:
  • Driver:

Additional Comments

My system has no sound, but I don't think this should stop the game from running at all. The surface error seems at first glance to be identical to the one I get trying to run under win2k. I have installed the DX redist from April following instructions on the web. No luck.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowSlackware 14.1 64-bit multilibDec 13 20151.7.55No, but has workaround Yes GarbageAndrew 
ShowUbuntu 9.04 "Jaunty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Apr 15 20091.1.19Yes Yes BronzePJR 
CurrentFedora 8Apr 22 20080.9.58.Yes No GarbageDale Williams 
ShowUbuntu 6.06 "Dapper" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jul 04 20060.9.16.Yes No GarbageSamium Gromoff 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
2792 MissionForce Cyberstorm not working CLOSED INVALID View
14764 MissionForce Cyberstorm demo crashes on startup, 'fails to create surface' CLOSED WONTFIX View
16037 Missionforce Cyberstorm: Can't patch game CLOSED WONTFIX View

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HowTo / Notes

This game needs to be run in 256 colour mode on both Windows and Linux. If you configure X to run in 8bpp it will start instead of crashing.


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